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Two-day PDP General Council meeting from tomorrow

Written by: Staff
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Srinagar, May 9 (UNI) A two-day General Council meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, would be held here from tomorrow.

A PDP spokesman said party President Mehbooba Mufti has nominated a committee headed by Rangil Singh to draft the agenda for the meeting.

The committee includes legislators Peer Mohammad Hussain, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Syed Basharat Bukhari and Ghulam Hassan Khan, he added.

The spokesman said the committee would also suggest proposals for amendment in the PDP's constitution and organisational set-up.

Meanwhile, party sources said the meeting will discuss the outcome of the recent by-elections in three Assembly constituencies of Pattan, Sangrama and Rafiabad in Baramulla district, the recently-surfaced sex scandal besides the role of dissident PDP leader Ghulam Hassan Mir in the bypolls.

The opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for trade and the Poonch-Rawalkote route besides the second round-table conference here on May 25 would also come up for discussion.

The sources said some party leaders would raise the issue of the present status of relations between alliance partners - the PDP and the Congress.

Several senior PDP leaders, including top Shia cleric Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, have repeatedly alleged that many top Congress functionaries campaigned against their party contestants in the recent by-elections.

The sources said the General Council will also appeal to the militants to abjure violence and join the national mainstream besides the separatists would be urged to take part in the Srinagar round-table conference on Kashmir.

UNI BAS-AG MSJ RS1832

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